Students competing in the Elementary Division (5th grade) do not need to complete all of the ISEF paperwork.  However, they will still need to abide by ISEF rules for the safety of the investigator and all participants.   All projects will need to obtain Adult Sponsor (teacher) and Parent/Guardian approval before research begins.  Projects involving human participants, vertebrate animals, potentially hazardous biological agents, or hazardous substances and devices will require SRC/IRB approval before research begins.

Fair Time Line

 Date     Event

February 16, 2024

 5:00 PM

Regional Fair Registration Due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 16th.  All required forms (Registration Form, Elementary Research Plan, any required ISEF Forms, and SJRSEF Abstract) must be submitted by e-mail to the Fair Director at  

March 1, 2024

5:00 – 7:00 PM

Posters are set up in 9000 rooms (Henderson Fine Arts Center at SJC).   Students should check in at the front desk to receive their assigned poster number.  Students should set up their projects and bring the certification form to one of the fair directors.   The directors will then review the poster and notify the student of any violations.   Violations must be corrected before the student leaves.  
March 2, 2024

9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.   Students are to be at their posters to meet with judges.   Students may meet with multiple sets of judges (category, special award, and finalist).    When judging for a division is complete all students in that division will be dismissed.  Students should not leave until all judging in their division is complete.  Public (including parents and teachers) cannot be in the gallery during judging.

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM   Public Viewing.   The gallery will be open to the public after judging is complete.   Students do not need to be at their posters during the public viewing.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Tear Down.   Students may return to the gallery to take down their posters after the public viewing.  No posters should be removed before the end of the public viewing.

6:00 – 7:00 PM  The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Connie Gotsch Theater at San Juan College.



Submitting Paperwork for SRC Approval

If your project requires SRC approval before research, please e-mail a copy of the completed forms:

  • 2024 Research Plan – Grades K-5
  • Detailed Project Description
  • Form 3:  Risk Assessment Form
  • Form 6A (if required)

to  The SRC will review your plan and respond to you within one week.   If your plan is approved, the SRC will return the forms to you (or your Adult Sponsor) by e-mail.  If it is not approved, the SRC will explain what changes you need to make before approval can be granted.  When the changes are made, you may resubmit the forms for approval.   If you have questions about this process, please check with your Adult Sponsor (teacher) or contact Dr. Ottinger at the above e-mail address.